A LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

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This is been an incredible year of perseverance, persistence, and resilience for the Department of English. Our students, faculty, and staff have dealt with the unprecedented demands of the Covid-19 pandemic, recruited exceptionally… Continue reading

MEET NEW ASSISTANT PROFESSOR DAVID JOHNSON

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The department of English will be welcoming Dr. David Johnson to the faculty this fall. Dr. Johnson’s specialty is in Developmental Writing and Writing Studies. M&L: How did you get interested in English… Continue reading

Meet New Assistant Professor Ashley Beardsley

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Dr. Ashley Beardsley will be joining the English department faculty this fall. Dr. Beardsley specializes in social media and participatory culture, digital literacy, digital writing research, community literacy, rhetorical criticism, craft rhetoric, feminist rhetoric, feminist research… Continue reading

Take Action! Sigma Tau Delta Students at Atlanta National Convention

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This spring I’ve had the privilege to serve as the President of WIU’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society. Our chapter had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Atlanta, Georgia… Continue reading

English Alum Ayana Contreras Reads at Western

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English department alumna Ayana Contreras (B.A. 2006) returned to campus on Friday, February 25th as a Fred and Lola Austin Case Writer in Residence to read from her new book, Energy Never Dies:… Continue reading

Tribal School Initiative Student Teacher Adrienne Tinsley

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English Education student Adrienne Tinsley completed her student teaching as the first Tribal School Initiative student teacher. Here she is talking about her experience!

Sculpted Words

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Six stanzas and an envoi. The dizzying pattern that set my path straight. I first came across the sestina in an Intro to Poetry class at Black Hawk College. The assignment read as… Continue reading

Professor Barb Lawhorn & Alum Connor Sullivan Lead Literacy Project

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For eight years, Western Illinois University Associate Professor of English Barbara Lawhorn has shared the love of literacy and WIU with area school children, with her English 100 students writing letters of inspiration… Continue reading

My Life in Four Books: Katya Kozhukhova

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1) What book was most important to you in high school? Why?  The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. I don’t know where I got the idea that this book was forbidden;… Continue reading

What I’ve Learned about Simpkins Hall

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I am very fond of Simpkins Hall. It’s full of quirks and personality, and now that I don’t spend much time there, I miss it like crazy. In the past year, it has… Continue reading